DakarRiderIL
 
 
 
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    August 9, 2012
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    June 5, 2013
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Wolfman Wolf Tail Bag Features Three outside signature Crescent pockets for easy access #10 YKK zippered main opening Expandable gusset Bungee net integrated into top of bag D-ring for shoulder strap Adjustable bungee and hook mounting system Non-scratch, non-skid bottom Reflective handle and trim Interior zippered mesh pocket 30-liter capacity Dimensions Width 9 1/2 Length 12 Height 9 (12 1/2 expanded) Closed - 19.5 Liters, 1189 cu.in. (Each pocket is 1.5 liters, 91cu.in.) Capacity Expands to 24.5 Liters, 1495cu.in.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good overall, some doubts
PostedJune 5, 2013
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DakarRiderIL
From Geneva, IL
State:IL
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
The Wolf Tail pack is a lot bigger than it looks. It takes a ton of stuff even when not expanded. Here's what I manage to pack in there without expanding the top:
- Jetboil
- 2x Jetboil gas refill canisters
- Pinnacle Dualist cook system
- Small binoculars
- Toilet bag
- Black Diamond Orbit lantern
- 2x tire levers
- BMW motorcycle tool set rollbag
- Nalgene wide mouth loop-top water bottle
- Drying and washing cloths
In the mesh pocket of the top - 2x high absorbency camping towels
In the external pockets:
Pocket 1: chain lube, tire puncture repair kit
Pocket 2: first aid kit
Pocket 3: energy bars and other snacks
The product is well thought out and designed. Three external pockets are large enough to carry a lot of stuff, making all contents easily accessible without having to unpack anything in the main compartment. The 'lid' of the main compartment has a zippered mesh pocket to stow flatter items. I keep my high absorbent camping towels in there. The bottom has a rubberized base which limits slip, not that this is a big deal when the bag is stowed onto the bike.
I have a concern about the bungees of the Wolf Tail pack. They seem like they may not last very long, especially if used in off road conditions. Because the pack is so huge, it can take a lot of stuff, which can make it quite heavy, based on the contents. On some recent mild off road rides on rough gravel roads, the bag moved around quite a bit on the back of my BMW 650 Dakar, even though I have the bungees as tight as possible. I had to keep checking if it was still there. If the ride gets real rough, or the poor surface ride is very long, I am suspicious of the longevity of the bungees.
I use a ratchet strap over the top if I know the conditions are going to be rough.
Also, the bag is so big, I am struggling to find a base big enough to hold it on the tail. The standard Dakar tail rack is too small.
Overall though I am very happy with the pack and would recommend it for most conditions other than very long or very rough off road rides.
Rides: 2007 BMW F650GS Dakar ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
+1point
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Cortech Super 2.0 12-Liter Strap Mounted Tank Bag 1680 denier ballistic polyester and 1800 denier three-lined twill Jacquard construction Protective non-slip, non-scratch diamond pattern mounting base One-way zipper on main compartment with a Zipper Garage for concealment Top flap internal organizer and soft lining Hideaway backpack straps Removable and replaceable snapped map pocket Two internal mesh storage pockets Hidden external pocket for miscellaneous storage Phoslite reflective piping Built-in sip tube and headphone exit ports Integrated stowaway rain cover with clear window included Two-tone red and black soft lining interior Also available in a magnetic mounted version Dimensions 14L x 8W x 7H
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Nice, could be better
PostedOctober 6, 2012
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DakarRiderIL
From Geneva, IL
State:IL
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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The bag is still very new to me. These are my first impressions.
I bought the strap down 12L version of this bag for my BMW F650 Dakar.
THE GOOD:
The quality of the materials and the construction are top class. Very plush, well finished, and reasonably well designed. The bag just looks great. Not too big and does not interfere with my view of the instruments or my riding stance, whether sitting or standing. Nice plush red lining on the inside. Several pockets on the inside, plus two pen holders. I love that the bag easily converts into a backpack to take with you when you park. It is fairly rigid so it will not collapse when it is empty.
The rainproof cover is a great idea although I have not tested it's ability to withstand water.
The fitting and setup is pretty easy, although the straps that go around the steering yoke interfere with the wires for the hazard and ABS switches on the Dakar. Also, the base is too long for the standard Dakar tank. The front left flap is prone to drop down into the way of the oil cooler radiator. I might need to cut the two flaps on the front of the base back a little.
The way the base plate fits the Dakar though means that the tie down straps do not touch the 'tank' anywhere. This is good because it means no rough surfaces rubbing the paintwork. All that touches the 'tank' is the very soft non-abrasive underside of the base plate, which seems like a very good high quality material.
I easily fit the following into the bag with a little room left for smallish items:
- Canon Digital Rebel with standard lens
- wallet
- cell phone (Droid X)
- summer gloves
- Oakley sunglasses
- reading glasses
THE NOT SO GOOD:
Because the Dakar 'tank' has like a ridge that runs lengthwise, that is narrower than the bag, the bag has some lateral instability on this particular bike. That is not a design fault, just a bike/bag matchup issue.
The see-through map pocket on the top is so small, no map will fit in there. The mouth is narrower (~3") than the rest of the pocket which seems odd. That is bad design IMO.
The pocket for audio devices on the top of the bag (by the carry handle) is too small, and very hard to get anything into and out of.
The two internal pockets with the velcro close flaps are too small. Neither my wallet nor my Droid X will fit in there. Maybe an iPhone will, but I don't have one.
The way the tie down straps 'attach' to the base plate is by simply pushing the tie down strap clips through elastic stretch chord. The 'base plate' is not actually secured to the straps at all other than by the elastic stretch loops holding down on the clips! This is not a good idea. The clips are then tied to the bag itself. You cannot pull the base plate too tight on the ends of the straps that tie to the bike itself, because the stretch loops will simply tear off in a very short space of time. They are not built or sewed on for strength at all. To me they should have been. I believe this is a design weakness. The base should clip to the straps AND then to the bag.
It sounds like a lot of complaints, but they are really not deal breaker type issues. I am just very picky.
I do believe I will be happy with this bag after making some minor adjustments and learning to live with the little imperfections.
Longevity TBD.
Hope this helped.
Rides: 2007 BMW F650GS Dakar ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
+5points
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Tour Master Intake Air Series 3 Jacket Features Armor-Link mesh material and 600 Denier Carbolex combine with 1680 Denier ballistic polyester in the impact areas Comfortable, mandarin-style collar 360 Phoslite reflective piping and Tour Masters signature reflective rear triangle help increase nighttime visibility The microfiber lined collar and cuffs are soft yet durable Adjustable, elastic and snap sleeve takeup straps at the forearm and bicep help secure elbow armor and material Removable, CE-approved armor at the elbow and shoulder with an articulated triple-density back protector Aqua-Therm two-stage waterproof and insulated liner can be configured or removed to best match comfort needs Zippered chest map pocket, hand warmer pockets, internal pouch pocket and mobile media pocket Adjustable waist belts, with TPR pulls help fine tune the fit Includes a jacket/pant zipper attachment with the pant side zipper included
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good value
PostedOctober 1, 2012
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DakarRiderIL
From Geneva, IL
State:IL
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
1 Size Large
Large
I am 6'4" 210lbs, slim all round (no gut) and have long arms. I bought the XL Tall, and almost drowned in it. I returned and got the Large Hi-viz. It fits perfectly. The quality of the jacket is very good. I was disappointed when I checked mine out and discovered that the velcro patch to tie down over the top of the zipper just below the neck was missing. Simply not there. That is just poor quality control at the manufacturer. Not Revzilla's fault.
Airflow is excellent through this jacket when the waterproof and warm liners are removed. Putting those in and taking them out is simple and quick. With both liners in the jackets fits me snugly, but I can still wear a fleece underneath. In cooler weather (40's) you might need this fleece if you get cold easily.
I would have liked a sleeve pocket, but I can live without that.
The right side internal pockets on the jacket and both liners uses velcro to secure close. That velcro is difficult to undo with one hand since the jacket or the liner simply moves with your hand when you try to pull it off. This is being picky I know, but I would have preferred a zipper.
The lower cut at the back prevents an opening above the pants.
Overall I am very happy with the jacket. It is very bright, comfortable, and stylish.
I would definitely recommend.
Rides: 2007 BMW F650GS Dakar ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
+1point
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Cruz Tools Road Tech BMW Tool Kit BMW motorcycles are legendary for innovation, and their choice of fasteners are no exception. Female Torx fasteners are commonplace, and some models even use rare male Torx screws. Add special wrench and hex key needs, and it becomes clear that a unique tool kit is called for. They have exceeded these needs with the new RoadTech B1 for BMWs, which packs top grade tools and other roadside items into a sturdy roll-up pouch. Includes Combination wrenches (8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 13mm) E10 x E12 Torx box 8 adjustable wrench Mini ratchet 2 extension Sockets (8mm, 10mm, 13mm, E8 Torx) Hex keys (3mm-6mm, 8mm) Torx keys (T20, T25, T30, T40, T45, T50) 6-in-1 screwdriver with bits 22mm hex adapter Locking pliers Electrical tape Cable ties Mechanics wire Threadlocker Tire pressure gauge 3.5 x 9.5 roll-up polyester pouch
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good product
PostedSeptember 7, 2012
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DakarRiderIL
From Geneva, IL
State:IL
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
This is a nice toolset. The flashlight comes with a battery and a little piece of paper inside to prevent the battery running flat. Took out the battery, removed the paper, and the flashlight worked fine.
Individual tools seem like quality products. Seems like everything I will need to perform simple maintenance / fixit type work on the bike. Pouch is nice. Rolls up small, but unfortunately not small enough to fit under the seat of the 650 Dakar. So I can't carry it with me unless I have luggage bags / panniers, which is a shame.
I am happy with my purchase though.
Quality service, and delivery and product are all as promised by Revzilla.
Rides: 2007 BMW F650GS Dakar ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Shoei Hornet DS Helmet Designed for the adventure touring and dual sport market, the Shoei Hornet DS Helmet can be used in three configurations with visor and shield, with just shield, or with just visor A wide, 3-dimensionally curved shield completely seals against the eyeport beading Lightweight, Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus (AIM+) shell Visor includes a front air intake to channel air into top of helmet Shutter behind nose cover directs air flow to clear shield fogging Fully removable 3-D interior, with 5-layer cheekpads that are channeled for eyeglasses Breath guard and chin curtain included DOT and Snell 2010 Approved Helmet Weight 3 lbs. 6-3/8 oz. (1549g) This weight is +/- 50g, different shell sizes may be heavier / lighter. ( View Motorcycle Helmet Weights ) Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Not sure yet
PostedAugust 9, 2012
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DakarRiderIL
From Geneva, IL
State:IL
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Small
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Heavy
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Long Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
I got my helmet a few days back.
Lets get the pros out of the way first. The helmet is beautiful. Build quality and finish as well as quality of materials is excellent. The visor is good for on road...easy to open and close, complete lack of distortion and seals pretty well against wind at speed. The helmet is quite with the visor closed.
Like other's have said the peak serves no purpose other than to look good. It starts to catch wind at 50-60mph. When looking sideways it catches the wind a lot worse.
The helmet is HUGE on the outside. I placed it next to a much older helmet I have, and the thing is exponentially bigger. It also feels very heavy.
I measured by head at home and had it measured in a local store. 60cm both times. I ordered the large which is supposed to be correct for a 60cm head, and this thing is very tight on my head. My cheeks are squashed real hard, and the overall fit is just very tight. Getting it on and off is a struggle. Maybe the XL will fit, but the weight and outsize size of the helmet are putting me off. It just feels heavier than any other helmet I have had in the past.
Rides: 2007 BMW F650GS Dakar ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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